Tag Archives: industry

  • Best Practices of Smart Consultants

    … consulting company, we encounter a vast array of personalities within our client/business relations. From there we began to ponder: What kind of consultants do we consider near and dear to our heart? Is it the cruise ship director? The person who is likely to sit back and watch their team assign roles and work for each other while they help to boost the overall team’s morale? Although keeping it positive is an amazing and sometimes hard to find trait among people in this industry, there is …

  • Should we be using iPhone video procedures?

    The following post was written by Dr. Nigel J. Smart, Vice President and Managing Partner at Smart Consulting Group.  With the increasing complexity of operational procedures, the use of traditional standard operating procedures must be questioned, particularly for equipment or technique operation. The use of photographic techniques, pictures and other illustrations were long advocated benefits in other industries, yet the pharmaceutical industry continues to cling to practices that were right …

  • Consolidation Activity in the Generic Sector

    Consolidation within the generic industry continues to occur at breakneck speed through merger and acquisition activity. Multiple major players are engaged in not one but several mergers simultaneously, a fact that’s perhaps confusing to some people on their respective supply chains. Integration activities often spawn their own issues as organizations with quite different cultures are fused together to blend product portfolios. These do not often fit easily and new strategies need to be …

  • SCG’s thoughts on the last 10%

    For the Pharmaceutical industry, it is difficult for consumers to tell the difference between an excellent, acceptable or poor quality product.  For this reason, safety, quality and reliability problems can go undetected  until the FDA detects them during an inspection or after investigation for a product recall.  By then, the problems can be out of control and can result in a Warning Letter or Consent Decree. The below excerpt can be found here: “ // // Seth’s Blog: The …

  • WHO Ebola Vaccine Meeting

    … has only continued to develop.  During the meeting, the leaders of WHO collaborated on the ways in which to establish a sensible approach to combat and stop the spread of this deadly outbreak. So what are your thoughts on the vaccine discussion? Let us know here  ! The below article excerpt originally appeared here: “A high-level emergency meeting, convened by WHO at the request of several governments and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, was held on 23 October to look at the …

  • Fall Networking Event, a Success!

    … 25-30 attendees! It was an amazing way to connect with business professionals from a wide array of industries, opening up the SCG network beyond the life sciences industry. We’re excited to announce that this is just the start of happy hour/networking events of this type for SCG. We are already in the works of planning our next networking event in the borough, so stay tuned! We appreciate all of the support we get from the local community and we only hope to expand our community reach with the …

  • Bottlenecking Theory

    … make the most out of your research. You are experts in your industry so make sure to own this knowledge, for that will be the best way to reach your team’s goals.   The quantity that a manufacturing site can produce in unit time is defined as: Plant throughout: Batch size X Number of batches Plant throughout: Batch Size/Cycle Time Clearly bottlenecking is not an ideal situation for your facility, so avoiding this or creating a logistical approach to offset this phenomenon is key in lean …

  • Risks in Lean Compliance

    What is Risk? Lean Biomanufacturing, Dr. Nigel J. Smart As the famous T. S. Eliot once said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” This is most certainly the case in the science and pharmaceutical industry. We are in an industry that requires researchers to take the knowledge that they skillfully have acquired and run with it. This knowledge will not be of any use bottled up in one’s brain, unheard by others. Knowledge and the ability to take …

  • Value Stream Mapping

    Value Stream Mapping Lean Biomanufacturing, by Dr. Nigel J. Smart No one company can do it all. It’s nearly impossible to implement every fresh, new research method that enters the market into your company’s regimen. To put it simply, not every method may best fit your company’s overall goals. Understanding this key concept will be invaluable to your research team’s overall operations. Science is ever-changing and although the industry is bursting with excitement, one can get a bit in …

  • Kaizen Events

    … concept to take away is that each person involved in these events plays a key role in its process. In the pharmaceutical industry one accomplishment is only the next “go ahead” to the next big idea and so on and so forth. Although time consuming, high-detail follow-up work is a must in order to best monitor and fine-tune each method. It is with this type of work that you will see adequate success with Kaizen events. Let’s first just rewind a bit and explain what is involved with a Kaizen …

  • Flow Charting

    Getting to Know Flow Charting in Lean Biomanufacturing Lean Biomanufacturing, Dr. Nigel J. Smart When it comes to lean biomanufacturing, flow charting is deemed as one of the most basic techniques for defining what is required to operate a particular process. It is no question that the biopharmaceutical industry has evolved quite tremendously in recent years, and as we adapt to these changes, it’s vital to understand the progression in which the industry is transforming. The pharma industry is …

  • Fishbone Analysis

    Understanding the Basics of Fishbone Analysis Lean Biomanufacturing, Dr. Nigel J. Smart Tackling the demands of the biopharmaceutical industry can prove to be quite trying in today’s competitive field. Yet with proper research and experimentation, companies can readily understand the kinks in their systematic methods early on, leading to great success in their research. Tools like fishbone analysis can ultimately help yield accurate results and benefit researchers in the long term within their …